January 25, 2013
5 Easy Exercise Habits

We each have many habits. Our entire day can be cut down to a series of habits. If you don’t believe me, let’s ask a few questions about your typical morning:

Do you brush your teeth? Do you eat breakfast? In which order do you put your socks on? Do you wear a seat-belt? Do you take the same route to work?

Habit, followed by habit, followed by habit.

Some of our habits help us and some of them do not. Our habit of stopping by the coffee stand every morning may feel great for our brains but it wreaks havoc on our blood sugar. The habit of eating a healthy dinner is surely more helpful than eating take-out every night. Sometimes we may feel like slaves to our habits, but do you want to know an empowering fact? YOU create your habits. And you can change them as well.

Let’s look at 5 habits you can make to help you stay on track with your exercise:

1. Exercise in the morning

I will eventually write a blog about why morning exercise is much more effective for your brain and body than exercising in the evening. For now, we will settle on one simple fact: if you exercise in the morning you will not have to exercise at night. If you choose to exercise at night, there is a much higher chance that you may let something else take over your exercise time, like work, kids, or other demands. If you carve out time in the morning to exercise before your day starts, then it is
done and over and you don’t have to think about it for another 24 hours. Be honest with yourself. How many times have you left work thinking, “dang it I really should go work out, but I have so many things to do.”

2. Wear your workout clothes to sleep.

If you wear your workout clothes to sleep (or at least some of them) then you will save that much more time in the morning to get to the gym or get outside for a walk.

3. Pack your gym bag the night before.

Whether you exercise in the morning or not, do as much prep work as possible the night before. Again, this will save you precious minutes in the morning and will make you more likely to follow through on your exercise plan. Your gym bag, work clothes, lunch, and whatever else you need for the day should be prepped and ready the night before.

4. When you are at the gym, do work.

When you go to the gym to exercise, go get sweaty. You don’t have to be there for 90 minutes a pop. Get in, crush your workout, and get out and on with your day. The more time you spend at the gym, the more you may think, “hmmm I wonder what else I could do with this time.” You are more likely to sacrifice 30-45 minutes of your day to burn calories and tone muscles than you are to sacrifice 90-120 minutes a day. So again, get in, crush your workout, grab your protein shake and get gone!

5. Set goals.

This is a habit. Setting goals is an important habit. This gives you a reason to train, a reason to wake up earlier,
and a reason to take care of yourself. Your goal could be anything: fit into a pair of jeans, run a 5k, complete an obstacle race, survive the zombie apocalypse. It does not matter what your goal is, but it is imperative you have one.

Your habits make you who you are. They can help to make you healthy and strong. It is your choice in which habits you want to create. Try starting with these simple 5 and see how your fitness responds.

Written by Clark Masterson

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